baby shower

Well, almost eight months later, I am finally sharing the baby shower my sister Kate and I threw for our dear friend Katie–back in April.  She brought a beautiful baby girl into the world on May 28th of this year…so no time like the present to share the party we threw in her honor. 😉  It was so fun to plan and prepare for with my sister, and it was very rewarding to be able to celebrate such a good friend of ours.

Because Katie and Matt were surprised about the gender, we knew it had to be a ‘gender-neutral’ theme.  So we went with a carnival/circus/state fair look.  It helps that Katie (and the hostesses) happen to love ‘state fair-esque’ food  (soft pretzels, corn dogs, mac and cheese, sliders, popcorn, fries…) –it made the menu planning easy!  Here are some pictures from the day…_DSC0002

Kate and I created these paper “wheels” using card stock…


….and the effect of a “big top” with red & white crepe paper:


I used the same template from Emmeline’s first birthday to create the banner to welcome Baby D!


Giant gumballs topped the cupcakes…

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…party favors were iced animal crackers…

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Kate has a really cool gold “trophy” that we used to hold our centerpiece…which tied in nicely with the food labels perched atop smaller trophies!


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We wrapped the silverware using carnival tickets:

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For drinks, we served virgin lemonades as well as an alcoholic version (lemonade+vodka+club in Mason jars. We called them “Baby Bliss” cocktails.

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Kate and I wanted to further play up the element of  surprise by having guests choose their paper straw according to their prediction of boy or girl.  We had so much fun designing and adding the little touches to the paper straws!

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As part of her shower gift I made Katie an alphabet canvas to match the baby’s nursery:

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Some of the party guests…(you can see a certain someone is losing it at this point)…

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Thank you for letting us shower you, Katie! What a wonderful day we’ll always remember 🙂

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pet project

Well, a little less than a year later and I’m posting again.  I know I shouldn’t make any promises to myself (at this point in my life!), but I have recently become re-energized to breathe life back into my blog. I’ll just take it one week at a time and hopefully the motivation will stay!

I’ll start with a little project I’ve become passionate about as of late.  I realize the post title might be misleading, as it has nothing to do with “pets”–we are currently an animal-less household.  ; )

What I MEANT to say is that lately I’ve been crafting hand-painted monogrammed frames.  I have just done a handful for friends as gifts so far, but I’ve had so much fun creating them.  And I’d love to *someday* parlay it into a small business.

I wanted to share the designs I’ve done up to this point with you.  They began as plain, wooden, hang-able frames that have the perfect space for a big fat monogram underneath. : )

This ikat design I painted for my friend Brooke’s birthday.  She doesn’t have a baby yet; the one pictured is mine. ; )


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I did a similar style in a blue & purple colorway for my brother-in-law’s girlfriend Julia on her birthday.

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Like I said, I’ve gotten such joy out of making them and I’m glad to do something that (I think) makes a special and personalized gift.

I have a few other designs in the works which I will share soon…

Have a happy Monday!